Section I of the present volume, the Essay on the Origin of the Prymer, is from the pen of Mr. Edmund Bishop, to whom the grateful thanks of our Society are due. For all other matter I am wholly responsible.
Our thanks are also due to Mrs. Willett of Haywards Heath, for the kind loan of her valuable MS. York Prymer ; to Dr. Furnivall, who has punctuated the present volume; to the Eev. Canon Christopher Wordsworth for his care in reading the proofs, and to many officials of various libraries, especially all those of the Department of MSS. in the British Museum, to whom for ever-ready aid in obscure readings, and unstinted labour in procuring frequently very many MSS. for examination at a time, for some years past, I am personally very greatly indebted.
Of works dealing with the subject of the Mediaeval Prayer Book,
I may specify the third volume of Maskell's Monumenta Bitualia ; the volumes issued by and the property of Messrs. Longman, under the title of The Prymer ; a little book by Mr. Athelstan Riley, restricted to the Hours of the Blessed Virgin, and two separate forthcoming works, respectively by the Rev. C. H. Evelyn-White and the Rev. Edgar Hoskins.
In the present volume I have endeavoured to add something to our knowledge of the subject, and to repeat as far as possible nothing hitherto published ; and it will be noticed that I have attempted to treat only of the earlier or MS. copies of the Prymer.
I. On the Origin of the Prymer xi
II. Some Historical Notes xxxix
III. The Distribution of the Psalms of the Prymer liii
IV. An Attempt to define the Structure of the Prymer according to the Uses of Sarum and York lv
V. The Structure of the Prymer Secundum Usum or Consuetudinem Anglie lxxiii
VI. The Structure of two Eleventh-Century Versions of the Hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary lxxv
VII. The Structure of the Durham Prymer (Brit. Mus. MS., Harl. 1804) lxxxv
VIII. Table showing the Reading of Six Sarum Prymers xci
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Part 2, section 1, "The origin of the Prymer", contributed by Edmund Bishop